Select from one of the following options and answer the question(s) on your blog. Make sure to refer to topics discussed in the interview, and include a link to the interview in your post.
Listen the John Burns interview about creativity and innovation. Based on his interview and what you already know, answer the question, “What needs to be done at your school to ‘deprivatize practice’ at your school?” Or “How can you encourage change and innovation at your school?”
I have learned that creativity starts with a natural passion and curiosity. A striving towards a better version and expression of oneself. Change and innovation in any institution starts with leading by example and letting it catch on naturally. Once a movement has reached this level, it becomes a force that is difficult to ignore. As students become more passionate about creativity, excellence begins to follow.
Fundamental to creativity is harnessing the potential within the school. Building on these pieces, it’s important to create a culture of exemplary feedback and growth. In my current context as a 5th grade teacher, change and innovation would be encouraged by starting small,utilizing my small PLC and slowly move into vertical alignment. Essential to this is using technology and social media as a way to connect with others and continually learn from others.
Focusing in on collective teamwork and targeted growth is required. Self driven and voluntary work will help things blossom from there. Do not force others to do things. Walt Disney put it best “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal” (www.brainyquote.com). When we can channel the efforts of others towards an unrelenting and concrete vision, the possibilities for creativity to thrive are endless. After all, we must keep moving forward and embrace the future.
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Disney, W. (2017). Walt disney quotes. Brainy Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/waltdisney391315.html.
Wittko, D. (2014). Walt Disney – “Keep Moving Forward”. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRFDgDeboqE.